Thought of the Day about Mormonism and Mormon E-mails

21 August

Thought of the Day about Mormonism and Mormon E-mails

I receive quite a few e-mails from Christians and Mormons each day and I thought I’d use this one I received yesterday as an example of our work behind the scenes.

The reason I’m sharing this isn’t to humiliate or condemn this Mormon fellow, but to educate the Christian community of the response from a typical Mormon and how they process information that opposes their belief in God.

I’ve included my response and am waiting on his reply. Most Mormons won’t write back.

From: Shane
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:12 AM
Subject: false sources


I have read a few of your articles, and have already come to a conclusion. Many of your sources are incorrect. For example, you say that “The Mormon Church itself said in the book Eternal Man” The Mormon Church itself? Just because someone says they are mormon, and apparently they are a religious scholar does not mean they are speaking for the entire group of mormons, or what they believe.

I can tell that much of your information is twisted and taken out of context.

And to trash talk an individual person, then relate their reasons for conversion and clear testimony to the entire church? This is 100% propaganda.

Even though I am not LDS, I am convinced that you are absolutely not going about the right way to do this, and instead, you are doing satan’s work. I hope you learn to follow the teachings of Christ.


Dear Shane –

Hi, my name is Michelle Grim and I wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by our site and e-mail us. Please know we’re praying for you Shane.

I give the same offer to everyone who tells me sources on our site are incorrect. If you can specifically tell me which article and/or source is wrong I’ll publicly apologize and pull it from the site – guaranteed.

The ONLY sources I use are directly from the LDS Church. I utilize their site, books written by prophets and apostles or BYU officials. These include their early periodicals, websites, teaching manuals and LDS scripture.  Any books like Eternal Man are indeed promoted and endorsed by the Church or they wouldn’t sell them at Deseret Bookstore or be available to study through Gospelink or other study programs.

And whom did I trash talk? Your accusations are just that.

We hope to hear from you again Shane and I’m serious when I say we’re praying for you!

As I said if there’s anything on any of my sites that is incorrect please let me know because I don’t want incorrect information being spread about the Church.

And just as a final thought. I would be absolutely shocked if you’re not LDS. People outside of the Church typically don’t refer to Jesus by His title only. Every once in awhile, yes, every reference to Him, no.  And if you think you’re the first person to lie about not being LDS when they write in, you’ve got a lot of company as it’s a common thing for Mormons lately.  It must be something new they’re teaching because when I went to seminary and MIA they always taught me to tell the truth.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle Grim

1 Cor. 1:18

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6 Responses to “Thought of the Day about Mormonism and Mormon E-mails”

  1. Heather August 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Amazing. Sounds eerily similar to the emails I get. I would be very surprised if he replies back. He actually sounds a lot like ME when I would try to defend the LDS church back in my Mormon days. I really wanted to believe in my defense but I could never prove my accusations!

    • lifeafterministry August 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      Yeah at one time I was Shane. My attitude stunk and I blamed everyone but myself and my beloved heritage. I spat on Ed Decker’s face and I knew I was the one lying while trying to defend the Church. Good thing the people in Oklahoma are loving people 😉 because the next day they treated me just like they always had before. You know how those Oklahoma people are!

    • Heather August 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      Did you really?!? My pastor frequently says “Sometimes you have to get mad before you get glad”. That was certainly true for me. Btw…I love Ed Decker.

    • lifeafterministry August 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      Love the comment from your pastor! That was truly me…icky, icky, icky!
      Yeah I absolutely hated Ed. I lived in OKC back in the 80’s and on his international release of the GodMakers I went to a Christian friend’s home who invited me to listen, watch him on television and then let them know if he was lying or not. I spat on his face when the camera came in for a close up shot. It was obviously not a very glamorous snapshot of my life – ugh. Very unladylike and not to mention gross!
      Their tactic was actually a great witnessing tool. It opened the door for them to ask me questions and of course the first thing I did was lie, just like the Mormons do that write to me on a daily basis. My heart just breaks for them because it’s such a dismal existence. I know I hated it. That experience was the first time I’d ever heard the word cult. It felt like a dark pit in my stomach.
      Today Ed and I are great friends and he’s like the father I never had. God does indeed work miracles! I have nothing but good things to say about him and his wife Carol – they are truly inspiring and have led countless to the Lord.
      I began volunteering for Saints Alive back in ’94 and the rest as they say is history!

  2. thegardensofboxwoodmanor August 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    hmmm. I would not have guessed that he was probably Mormon. Now, reading back, yes, I can agree. Otherwise how would he know that about the sources, etc.? Takes a lot of experience to determine this.
    Thanks for the example for our witnessing.

    • lifeafterministry August 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      You’re too kind and I’m grateful you wrote this note! I probably wouldn’t have gone back to read my original e-mail to this man had it not been for your reply! 😉 As you can see I immediately had to write him and re-mediate my original e-mail to him. Ugh! I don’t like making mistakes like that. Praise be to God He forgives our weaknesses Sue!

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